Hi you guys. I didn’t have time for a video today. I’ve been researching women & acne for the last few hours. It’s a fascinating topic, yet somewhat frustrating. We do know that hormone fluctuations tend to cause breakouts, and hormones fluctuate more widely in women. However, the exact mechanism of this is highly complex and oftentimes we don’t know exactly what causes the fluctuations. I feel like I keep saying, “the bottom line is we just don’t know”, about a bunch of acne related topics, and women & acne is no exception. But still, there is interesting research going on, and we do have effective ways of clearing acne even if we don’t fully understand why it occurs.

While researching cosmetics and acne, I read a particularly interesting study. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that just because finished products might contain comedogenic ingredients doesn’t necessarily mean the product itself is comedogenic. I have always suspected and stated that we can’t fully trust comedogenic lists. Lots of us here have had success with products which contain some of the “bad” ingredients on these lists. In my opinion, we need to take those lists with a grain of salt, while remaining vigilant and sharing our personal success or failures with certain products.


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  • leumas

    hi dan! just a quick question, any idea when will flat rate box shipping be implemented for international customers?

  • jkom

    “just because finished products might contain comedogenic ingredients doesn’t necessarily mean the product itself is comedogenic.”

    Then I wonder if it’s possible to make a comedogenic product from non-comedogenic ingredients. Hmmm.

  • Anonymous

    In my own experience, the cheaper makeup from target makes my face breakout . However, MAC, which is much more expensive, has never caused breakouts (even though it contains ingredients like Talc that are supposedly bad). Perhaps it has to do with quality and you are going to have to pay a little more if you don’t want your skin to breakout. I think a lot of times breakouts are caused by not washing makeup brushes. Makeup tools get very dirty and will cause breakouts if not washed frequently. I can always tell if I haven’t cleaned my brushes because my face will start getting a little worse. Once I wash them, however, my face is good again.

  • Katherine E

    No one likes to get a pimple on their face thus consult Physician. He recommend Exercise, diet and supplements can help me get rid of acne. As bad skin and hair, fatigue, weakness and digestive problems all have in common “Antioxidants”. This is why I take Proleva what makes it possible for food supplements to contain more antioxidants in one serving than 5 glasses of red wine, 9 cups of green tea and 4 glasses of pomegranate juice combined!